HP Reveals Flexible On-Demand Book Production Suite

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HP OneBook is a multi-faceted suite of end-to-end workflow solutions for industrial book printing. HP also announced Webcom Inc., a Toronto-based book manufacturer serving the printing needs of global and independent publishers, as the first HP OneBook customer using PrintOS.

Traditional book production run lengths are shortening and demand for ultra-short-run orders of books is increasing, causing publishers to re-evaluate their supply chains to counteract diminishing publishing industry sales. HP OneBook works seamlessly with HP PageWide Web Presses and HP Indigo digital presses to address the industry’s need to eliminate waste, reduce inventories and streamline production, while adding value with highly-customised books at any run length, even one.
 
‘In a time when the value of printed books in classrooms is questioned and overall book sales are declining, print providers and book manufacturers need to add greater efficiency and value to publishers through production flexibility, increased automation and customised on-demand book production,’ said Eric Wiesner, vice president and general manager, PageWide Web Press division, HP. ‘HP OneBook provides our customers with the end-to-end solutions they need to efficiently deliver customised books, journals, magazines and catalogs to publishers and end users on demand in the exact quantities needed.’

HP OneBook is ideal for short-run, print-on-demand production of custom books. When combined with HP Link Technology, books can be uniquely and securely identified for traceability and to expose counterfeits, and printed pages can be linked to multi-media content and other online user experiences. Additionally, HP High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) Technology, which offers breakthrough print quality, versatility, reliability and productivity, expands HP OneBook’s application range to include high-quality journals, short-run magazines and catalogs produced on HP PageWide Web Presses.

HP OneBook workflow solutions offer efficient publisher-to-print service provider (PSP) collaboration, web-to-print portals, pre-flight tools, production management and automation, finishing, fulfilment and tracking. Providing flexibility for all publishing production, HP OneBook enables users to select from HP SmartStream server-based and HP PrintOS cloud-based platforms as well as HP partner workflow solutions. In addition, several finishing partner solutions can be integrated, including those from Horizon, Hunkeler, Kolbus, Magnum Digital Solutions, manroland web systems, Muller Martini, Tecnau and VITS International.

HP OneBook on the SmartStream platform is available now. HP OneBook on the PrintOS platform is anticipated to be commercially available in September 2016. Pricing varies based on equipment configuration.

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